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Have You Tried Raspberry Ketone Products For Weight Loss?

Updated on January 9, 2015

Ketones From Raspberries

The enzyme in the ketone is said to prevent fat from building up in the body and also boosts metabolism
The enzyme in the ketone is said to prevent fat from building up in the body and also boosts metabolism | Source

What Are Raspberry Ketones?

Published November 18, 2013 by Mary McShane

Advertised on the internet, television, magazine and newspaper advertisements, the product Raspberry Ketones is being praised as a miracle weight loss "supplement" and pulling in billions of dollars per year. Business is just booming. Why? Because there are so many manufacturer products to choose from, so many claims, and people just want to believe that this is a weight loss product that will work for them.

Diet and weight loss products will be a lot more commonplace in our homes as our population borders on obesity due to eating habits, availability of fast food and processed food, lifestyles and weight-gaining additives (like high fructose corn syrup) in our food supply.

Raspberry Ketone is derived from raspberries. The ketone part is a metabolite which causes body fat to burn up real fast. A lot of advertisements show exceptional results, but the fine print says: it is advised to follow a 1200 calorie, balanced diet and do a moderate amount of exercise. In other words, taking the supplement alone will yield slow (or no) results.

You will see it spelled as Raspberry "Ketone" and Raspberry "Ketones." It is the same ingredient, just packaged differently. With this product, the market is very saturated, so at this point it is all about the packaging, the ingredients, the company's claims, the price, and how badly one wants to lose weight, in what time frame. This video explains how it works.

This Video Explains How It Works Better Than I Ever Could

Hello, Guinea Pig!

That's right. Raspberry Ketones have never been tested on human beings in a scientifically controlled lab with published results.

But if you are a mouse - a fat mouse - then these studies might be of interest. :)

This 2010 study was conducted in Seoul, Korea, but written up for the publication in New York.

This 2005 study was conducted in Japan and is much easier to understand. :)

Oh, but Dr. Oz endorses it. It must be ok!

Many advertisements use Dr. Oz's name and his TV show, saying he endorses their Raspberry Ketones product. These advertisers know by using Dr. Oz's name, they have crossed one hurdle to get to the consumer -- they are using his name to build consumer trust for their product. And it works. People see Dr. Oz's name and they stop reading any further because that is good enough for them.

Dr. Oz makes it a point at the end of every broadcast to say that he does not endorse every product that uses his name. I used to find it rather contradictory when I saw videos or excerpts of his program that actually showed him speaking about the product until I realized he meant that he didn't endorse any one manufacturer over another. He endorses the supplement (raspberry ketones) for its qualities. Because he said it was a good product, companies are trying to sway the public into thinking he endorsed "their" product.

Side Effects

Raspberry ketones is a stimulant like caffeine and it has the same chemical structure as other stimulants. Check to see if the manufacturer added more caffeine (per the label). The side effects are:

  • rapid heartbeat
  • jitteriness
  • headache
  • muscle and joint aches
  • an increase in blood pressure

The one side effect you won't hear too much about is frequent bowel movements for the first few weeks until your body gets used to the dosage. Before starting this program, be sure to discuss it with your health care provider to make sure you are in good enough health to use it.

NOTE: If you have any form of IBS, think twice about using of any weight loss supplement because your IBS symptoms may flare up seriously to where you might require medical attention.

What are Ketones?

Ketones are what gives raspberries their sweet aroma. These are not the same type of ketones you hear about with diabetics. For them, ketones are a problem when there is not enough insulin to convert their body's sugar for energy. Glucose builds up in their blood and starts to break down fat. When this happens, it can cause them to emanate an acetone type smell. These types of ketones are capable of making them very sick.

The enzyme in Raspberry Ketone makes these ketones different. It causes an increase in a hormone called Adiponectin, which prevents fat from building up, and regulates how fast your body can burn fat, so that it starts burning fat cells faster, turning them into energy. It also suppresses your appetite, causing you to eat less, thus lose weight and body fat. Your liver breaks down the fats into fatty acids. If your liver is functioning properly, while taking Raspberry Ketones, your body will not be able to build up and store fatty deposits because there won't be much fat present, and this product will have done its job.

That's the secret behind this supplement - the enzyme causes the hormone to work faster so you boost your energy level and lose weight faster.

As you see a decrease in food cravings, you'll see longer times between your meals. It won't cut out your snacking altogether (nor should it), but it may keep you from overeating at meal times. This should help you stay on the "recommended" 1200 calorie a day diet, but also keep your energy levels up. When you do eat fat (even on a low fat diet), this supplement is supposed to turn it into energy so that the fat doesn't have a chance to deposit in your body.

Adding a regular exercise plan will extend the effectiveness of using Raspberry Ketones along with a 1200 calorie a day diet.

Raspberry Ketones are considered an antioxidant because of their fruit base. Some formulas have caffeine added, so read the labels carefully. Others have lots of extra ingredients like African Mango Extract, Acai Fruit, Green Tea Extract, Resveratrol, Caffeine Anhydrous, Apple Cider Vinegar powder, Kelp, and Grapefruit powder.

Some contain a "Proprietary Formula" - a formula that a company owns and uses to differentiate their product from all the rest. Usually the ingredients are secret, but nowadays, companies have been publishing their ingredients due to the prevalence of allergies. They still keep the amount of each ingredient a secret.

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Because of Dr. Oz's recommendation, everyone bought it. For a time, stores couldn't keep it in stock.

What's this going to cost me?

This product does not have to cost you an arm and a leg (so to speak) in order for it to be effective. But as is always the case with supply and demand, companies can charge whatever they wish.

Many websites will say that IF this product doesn't cost you more than $40, then you are not getting a true, legitimate and pure product.

This is not so. Many reputable companies who have been marketing supplements for more than thirty years offer Raspberry Ketones at an affordable price. Take a look at some of the examples in this article's sidebar and compare the 100mg products against each other.

To make informed decisions on a product, you need to consider:

  • what dosage is per capsule
  • how fast you want to lose the weight
  • if the product says it is a "rapid release formula"
  • how many capsules you have to take to get the indicated dosage
  • how much of the product is actually inside their capsules which should be listed along with any other ingredients (natural or not) as additives (example: 85% product, 15% herbs and other enhancements)

You need to become an alert label reader, and then you may have to do some research because most of the time, you'll have no idea what all those other listed ingredients are.

Why does it cost so much?

Again, this varies widely because companies are playing on the public's needs and wants -- how much someone wants to lose weight, how fast, and how much they will pay for it.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you need 100 mg or 600 mg? That might depend on if you have 20 pounds or 100 pounds to lose
  • Are the ingredients listed clearly on the label?
  • Are there additional capsule ingredients listed on the label?
  • Besides gelatin or cellulose, are there any preservatives in the product? Do they have gluten, soy, sugar, wheat, lactose?
  • If the label says "proprietary blend," does it list what is included in the blend?
  • Does the package say the product was made in the USA or the UK?
  • Are the words "pure" and "natural" repeated many times in the advertising? Be suspicious
  • Are there testimonials from a lot of "professionals" or are they from actual users?
  • Do you read the customer reviews at the bottom of each sales webpage or print ad?
  • Do you think you are always getting a bargain with a buy one, get one free? Do you check to see how many capsules you have to take to get the indicated dosage?
  • How much are subsequent purchases going to cost after the buy one, get one free?
  • How much do you want to invest in an ongoing monthly supply?
  • Does the company have big splashy advertising that have "CLICK HERE" links after each paragraph? - considered a "hard sell" when it gives many opportunities to order.
  • Do you ever Google "complaints against "name" company?" You might be surprised.
  • Do you trust the company?
  • Did you check the FDA link for recall of products?

All these questions play a part as to why people buy certain products and at what price.

What Is The Recommended Dosage?

The true answer here is - there is no recommended dosage by law. So the consumer has to be smart.

Each company will say "the recommended dosage is xxx mg..." They are talking only about their own product. You will see bottles of 100mg, 250mg, 375mg, 500mg, 600mg, and even 1200mg. All will say on the label that their milligram dosage is recommended. Look where it says RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) and you will always see an asterisk (*). This is because the FDA does not regulate or recommend supplements to say how much is safe to use.

A person who is say, 50 pounds overweight and wants to lose the weight gradually may choose a lower dosage (100mg) over a longer term (example: three to four months).

Another person wanting to lose 50 pounds quickly may choose a larger dosage (600 mg) to use over a shorter term (example: one to two months).

A multi-vitamin and a calcium supplement is recommended on many websites by their resident medical professionals to help thwart off side effects of headache, muscle and joint aches.

It is the side effects and benefits which will make the results vary, as we have seen with each of the people in the example and in the videos. And because of that, you will always see very different "before and after pictures" like the ones in this article.

Many advertisements will offer you a free bottle when you buy a bottle. This may make you wonder how much the product really should be costing if they can afford to give so many bottles away for free. But this has been a long standing advertising tactic in order to boost sales and promote good business relations between the customer and the company. The end result is companies see an increase in sales because of happy customers promoting their products for them.

Just because they offer free products doesn't mean their product is the best. You have to look at the overall picture - how much do you need per your body type, how much is in each capsule, how many capsules are in the bottle, and how many capsules you have to take to get the recommended dosage stated on the bottle.

About This Next Video Titled Before And After

This next video is not meant to redirect you to their website. It is only meant to show you their results using a Raspberry Ketone product. What better way than to show you than with pictures!

Please notice the number of months and number of pounds next to their names - which is how long they took the product and how much weight they lost.

Each individual in this video is different - by body type, by body mass index (BMI), by ethnic origin, by their beginning and ending results, and the diet plan they used to get there (which was not shared).

This cannot be considered typical results; it is just their own experience with the supplement.

Most Raspberry Ketone advertisements and health experts say you need to follow a 1200 calorie a day diet while taking this supplement. I somehow think following a 1200 calorie a day diet would make you lose weight anyway, but that's just my take on it. This little miracle pill is supposed to help you STAY on the low calorie diet, cut your cravings for food and help burn the fat off your body. The video shows good pictures with results which is what I wanted to show you.

Before and After Video. Not A Product Endorsement

Not A Product Endorsement; Just Want To Show Results: After 2 weeks, lost 17 pounds

Not A Product Endorsement: Just Want To Show Final Results

But Do They Work?

From viewing the above video, the number of months each person took the product and their results show that this is not an overnight weight loss product. It took an average of four months to get their results and there is no mention of the dosages they took. The two videos in the right sidebar show The Bald Chef's videos documenting his experience using two 375 mg dosage per day. These videos prove that everyone has a different experience.

It really does not matter which company you buy Raspberry Ketones from, what matters is what is in the bottle.

Just looking at the various pictures on this page, you can see the dosages vary greatly ... everywhere from 100 mg to as much as 1200 mg. per capsule. Some advertisements say the recommended dosage is 100 mg twice a day. Other advertisements say recommended dosage is 375 mg twice a day. And still there are others who say 600 mg is recommended twice a day.

Since the recommended dosage is in question, I'm going to throw some more suggestions into the conversation here.

All the ads and labels seem to agree that doses of twice a day is the norm. The lowest marketed dosage comes in 100 mg at twice a day. Given that some of the side effects are headaches and jitteriness, you will experience more intense side effects the higher up you go in dosage. Depending on your body size, it just might take you longer to feel them.

If you are of small stature, why not start with a low dosage? If you don't experience much in the way of side effects in say two weeks, and your weight loss appears to you to be slow going, try increasing the capsule milligram up one level.

If you are medium to tall stature, why not start with a middle dose of say 375 mg per capsule? Again, if you don't experience the jitteriness or headaches others complain of, try increasing your capsule milligram up one level.

Keep in mind that not only is this an appetite suppressant, an energy booster, and a fat burner, you will also be experiencing frequent visits to the bathroom. It is a side effect they do not talk about much, but it is present in the scientific literature.

If 100 mg makes you go three times a day, increasing your milligram is going to aggravate that even more. The literature says this effect wears off within 30 days of continuous use. If you up your milligram, you may find you are moving your bowels more frequently until your body gets used to the new dosage.

As with any weight loss or diet supplement, don't exceed six months on the product so your body doesn't become immune to the effects of the supplement where it just stops working.

Approved By The Food and Drug Administration?

Don't count on it. If a dietary supplement says it is, it is not true.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not review or test products classed as a "food supplement." The following statement is required by the U.S. FDA on every product that is marketed as a diet or weight loss product or dietary supplement:

"This product line has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product line is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease."

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My Medical Disclaimer

The product information and videos in this article are intended solely for the reader's general information. It is not to be used to diagnose health problems or for treatment purposes. It is not a substitute for medical care as provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Please consult your health care provider regarding drug interactions or for advice about medications and supplements.

Always consult a physician before beginning any exercise program, diet program or nutritional program.

Sources: Dr. Oz, WebMD. Natural News, wisegeek.com, Puritan's Pride, consumerguides.com

© Mary McShane

© 2013 Mary McShane

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    Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

    Your hub seems like an eye opener and a must read for weight loss enthusiasts! Thanks for doing so much research for the benefit of others.

    Very informative and useful indeed! Voted up!

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    Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Weight loss isn't a necessity for me, Mary; I just dropped by to lend you support. Well-written my friend.

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    Mary McShane 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    @ ChitrangadaSharan, I'm glad you liked this hub. Thank you so much for your visit, your vote and your comment. :)

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    Mary McShane 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    @ billybuc - That's ok, Bill, these types of hubs are probably only useful to people who are into diets and weight loss and to people who Google "Raspberry Ketones." lol

    As always, thank you for your support.

    Mary

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    Dil Vil 3 years ago from India

    Informative hub, thank you for the same.

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    Mary McShane 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    @My Cook Book - thank you for your comment and visit :)

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    Margo Arrowsmith 3 years ago

    Wow, great information and something to learn from both about this product and how to write an excellent hub.

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    Mary McShane 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    @Margo Arrowsmith - thank you for your comment and compliment. :)

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